Monthly archive February, 2013
Power of the Collective in Stravinsky's Rite of Spring

Power of the Collective in Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring

Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring, which has sparked countless controversies over its conception, composition and performance, is centered on the idea of the power of the collective over the individual; the haunting ritual performed before the sacrifice of a young maiden. Stravinsky’s preoccupation with rite, ritual and myth pervades many of his large-scale theatre works as...
Wagner & Nietzsche: A Gesamtkunstwerk Relationship?

Wagner & Nietzsche: A Gesamtkunstwerk Relationship?

The relationship between Wagner and Nietzsche was of a polarised intensity.  Nietzsche went from being one of Wagner’s closest friends and admirers, to being his an ardent critic and fervent enemy. In his work The Birth of Tragedy (1868), Nietzsche regards Wagner as the redeemer of Greek tragedy and a force of good on the...
Wagner's funeral music: notes on 130th anniversary of Wagner's death

Wagner’s funeral music: notes on 130th anniversary of Wagner’s death

2013: Wagner Year 2013 is the year of both the 200th anniversary of Wagner’s birth (22nd May) and the 130th anniversary of his death (13th February). Celebrations are taking place around the world to mark his bicentenary, particularly in Leipzig and Bayreuth, and at The Met, Royal Opera House and La Scala. The project ‘From...
Perception of composers: hilarious collection of questions asked in composer interviews

Perception of composers: hilarious collection of questions asked in composer interviews

A hilarious amalgamation of questions that composer Thomas Goss has been asked over the years in interviews, apparently all true… (Start at 0:26)
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